The wait is finally over! Yesterday, the 12th of June, the Michelin Guide Nordic was revealed in Turku, Finland. Restaurants across the Nordic countries received the ultimate recognition they can get in the culinary world: the Michelin Star.
Other than receiving the world-famous Michelin Star, restaurants can also be awarded a Michelin Green Star, a Bib Gourmand and other special awards. Tune in and read about the newcomers and the restaurants that made the list once again, and learn what the different stars and awards mean.
The Michelin Guide include restaurants that have received stars or awards or simply serve great food. It can be difficult to navigate these different categories. Here’s a brief explanation of each category:
Restaurants can be included in the guide if they’ve received a Michelin Star, Michelin Green Star, or a Bib Gourmand.
When it comes to the prestigious Michelin Star, restaurants can earn one to three of them. The Michelin Group’s differentiation of the Michelin Stars is as follows:
Source: Michelin Guide
However, restaurants that don’t get a star can still be highlighted in one of the following two categories:
The Bib Gourmand is awarded to restaurants that serve a well-prepared 3-course menu at reasonable prices.
The Michelin Green Star is awarded to restaurants that are leading the industry in sustainable practices.
Moreover, a restaurant can be recommended in the Michelin Guide even if they haven’t received a Michelin Star, Bib Gourmand, or a Michelin Green Star. These restaurants are usually mentioned due to their great meals and high-quality ingredients. Finally, a special few can even be mentioned and receive a special award.
Now for what you’re all here for! The highlights of the Michelin Guide Nordic 2023. Here are the restaurants that have been sprinkled with shiny stars and attractive awards.
A total of 14 restaurants received 1 Michelin Star for the first time. Among the newcomers are ARO in Odense, Denmark, Villa Vest in Lønstrup, Denmark, À L’aise in Oslo, Norway, Moss in Grindavík, Iceland, VÅR in Porvoo, Finland and Signum in Mölnlycke, Sweden.
Here are some of the restaurants that keep their 1 Michelin Star status:
Two new restaurants receive 2 Michelin Stars for the first time. The newcomers are AIRA in Stockholm, Sweden and Koan in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Here are some of the restaurants that keep their 2 Michelin Star status:
This year, there are no new restaurants added to the Michelin Guide Nordic. Here are the restaurants that maintain their 3 Michelin Star status:
A total of 7 new restaurants join the Bib Gourmand:
Bistro Lupa – Copenhagen, Denmark, Bona Fide – Helsinki, Finland, JH Matbar – Ystad, Sweden, juju – Copenhagen, Denmark, Mutantur – Malmö, Sweden, NOOK – Stockholm, Sweden
and Triton – Stockholm, Sweden.
Here are some of the restaurants that keep their Bib Gourmand status:
7 restaurants receives a Michelin Green Star for the first time:
Bistro Lupa – Copenhagen, Denmark, JORD – Linköping, Sweden, Kadeau Bornholm – Åkirkeby, Denmark, Kadeau Copenhagen, Denmark, K2 – Stavanger, Norway, NOVEL – Aarhus, Denmark and VÅR – Porvoo, Finland.
Here are some of the restaurants that keep their Michelin Green Star status:
The Michelin Welcome and Service Award went to Mia Kondrup from À L’aise in Oslo, Norway. Other than receiving this special award, the restaurant also got its very first Michelin Star. According to the Michelin Guide, the inspectors were blown away by Mia and her service team that ensured a holistic dining experience for their guests thanks to their passion and enthusiasm.